Name: Saskia Ross
Location: My living room (UK)
At what age did you start writing?
Um, not entirely sure. When I attempted my first novel I was young enough for it to be a basic plagiarism of Roald Dahl’s The Minpins, for it to have been written in a notebook with entirely pink pages, and for every single letter to be curled beyond recognition. Infer what you want from that.
What inspires you to start writing?
Sometimes I want to write so much that I stay up for hours just trying to think of an idea, and I rarely get a good one this way because they’re simply not inspired. The things that inspire me most are people, what they do, how they do it, how they act, the anecdotes they tell etc, and also beautiful landscapes, which are always great inspiration for new scenes.
Which of your works are you the most proud of?
I’m most proud of Hannelore, which I’ve finished the first part (out of two) of now. I’m going to write the second part in the summer holidays but I’ve become really attached to my characters and think that my writing has improved in leaps and bounds since I wrote Gift.
Which of your characters is your favourite, and why?
That’s a toughie! I’d like to choose three or four, but if I had to choose one… Eleanor (from Hannelore) I think. She’s a screw up, she wreaks havoc wherever she goes, she’s rich, beautiful and mysterious, a pleasure to write.
Where do you like to write?
Not my room, too messy, maybe the conservatory, because I can be warm but still see the garden.
When do you like to write?
Whenever an idea strikes me!
How do you beat writer’s block?
Gosh, I don’t! I’m awful at it, I just turn my attention to something other than writing and wait it out.
Do you consider writing to be a serious career choice?
Oh yes! I mean, I don’t think I would have it as my primary career, because it’s not exactly steady, but I will always be writing at home and in my spare time, and always hoping that someday I will make it as a writer alone.
What advice would you give to a first-time writer?
Just keep going! If you ever get bored, or simply exhausted, try to tug back that amazing feeling you had when you first found that gold nugget of an idea rocking about in your brain. If you can’t, write something else! And read! Lots!
Who is your favourite author, and why?
Jeez! Um, I can’t choose one so: Rowling, of course, because HP has literally shaped me into a different person, and I love her for it. Christopher Paolini, because he started writing Eragon at 14, and knowing this has motivated me so much, and John Green, because his books are flawless and he is such a great guy and does so much to decrease world suck ^_^
What books would recommend above all others?
The whole HP series, The Fault in our Stars, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Time Travellers Wife, and Child 44